Cancer survivors holding up a "Survivors Celebrating Life" banner at the Delta Relay For Life event

Delta Relay For Life

Delta’s support of the American Cancer Society started with local Relay For Life events and has grown into a company-wide, international fundraising campaign. But the program remains an employee-led initiative.From fundraisers at 112 airports in 13 countries on Delta Day of Hope to the Jet Drag event, which pits teams of 20 against a 757 aircraft in an epic tug-of-war battle, Delta people organize and fundraise all year long. There’s even a group of maintenance technicians at Delta’s Technical Operations Center that serves grits every Wednesday for $3 a bowl, with all proceeds supporting the American Cancer Society. 

Delta Day of Hope team members in front of Delta Relay For Life airplane

Delta Day of Hope

Delta Air Lines has been a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society for 15 years. We have set an aggressive goal to raise $2.25 million in 2017 to support the research, patient services, and educational programs of the Society. As Delta’s executive champions for the Society, we are hosting golf tournaments in conjunction with our other fundraising efforts to help eradicate a disease that touches every family.

Delta airplane inside hanger at the Delta Hope Ball event

Hope Ball

Join us September 9 for the 2017 Hope Ball. In 2016, the Hope Ball raised over $600,000! We thank each of you for your support and taking us one step closer to a world without cancer. Save the date for 2017 and join us to continue this live-saving quest.  

Ladies Delta Jet Drag Team wearing pink tutus and pulling a Delta airplane with a heavy rope

Delta Jet Drag

Each year, teams of Delta employees compete in a game of tug-of-war - with a 757 jet - to raise money for the American Cancer Society. For the Jet Drag, groups of twenty try their hand at pulling the plane 20 feet. Some teams are more successful than others, but everyone comes together with a winning attitude to support life-saving research, education and patient programs. 

Delta Wings of Hope golfers on the golf course

Wings of Hope Golf Tournament

Delta's 5th Annual Wings of Hope Golf Tournaments will take place on June 26, 2017 in Atlanta at East Lake Golf Club and July 17, 2017 in New York at the Muttontown Club. These tournaments are held in conjunction with other fundraising efforts which support the American Cancer Society.  

saving lives

Delta has partnered with the American Cancer Society for 15 years beginning with local Relay For Life events and growing into a company-wide, international fundraising campaign. 


Cancer is something that effects all of us.

Heidi G. - Customer Care


In 2016, Delta's campaign included Relay For Life events (called Delta Day of Hope) in 112 airports in 13 countries, a corporate Relay For Life at our headquarters in Atlanta, golf tournaments in Phoenix, Arizona and Muttontown, New York, and the Hope Ball in Atlanta, GA.  “It’s still very much a grassroots effort, with frontline Delta people making it possible,” said Kelley Moore, Director – Airport Customer Service Communication and Employee Engagement. More than 50,000 employees and customers around the world supported the efforts to raise $2.02 million to support the Society’s lifesaving mission last year. “Whether you’ve experienced cancer firsthand or have a friend or family member that has battled this terrible disease, the reality remains that cancer touches everyone’s life," explained Bill Lentsch, Senior Vice President Airport Customer Service and Airline Operations. “That’s why our people champion this cause every year, to change that reality and play an active role in finishing the fight.”  Through fundraising efforts, the airline has contributed more than $10 million in the fight against cancer and has set an aggressive goal of raising $2.25 million for the Society in 2017.

delta survivor stories

More than 11 million cancer survivors are alive today and some of them work at Delta. These survivor's and their stories are just another reason why they continue their efforts to save more lives.

Pam Arnold
ASM, TechOps
Breast & Uterine Cancer Survivor

Keith Fidler
Station Manager
Rectal Cancer Survivor

Nathan Sanders
ASM, TechOps
Testicular Cancer Survivor

Tara Werho
Director – Information Technology
 Cancer Survivor

Suzie Windham
Flight Attendant, International
In-Flight Services
Breast Cancer Survivor

Willie Stroud
CSA, Cargo
Prostate Cancer Survivor

better together

Together, Delta and the American Cancer Society have been able to do great things, moving us one step closer to achieving a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer.

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Partnering with the Society with the mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a wolrld without cancer.

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Dollars raised in support of the American Cancer Society.

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Participating in Relay For Life globally.

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Employees and customers in 13 countries helping us save more lives every single day.